What's on? 10 top telly tips for Wednesday January 13

Tonight's top TV includes The Truth About Getting Fit at Home, US sitcom Bless This Mess, new oddball drama Briarpatch, and the story of Ireland’s first vasectomy doctor . . .


Pick of the Day


The Truth About Getting Fit at Home, 9.00pm, BBC One


With so many people swapping the gym for the living room during the Covid-19 pandemic, Mehreen Baig delves into the latest science to find the best way to get fit at home.


She uncovers exciting new research testing the theory that just one minute of strength training per week on each main muscle group might reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease, and also looks at the impact wearable fitness tech actually has on our willpower to stick to an exercise plan.


Later, she investigates whether popular supplements like pre-trainers and protein shakes really work.


Don't Miss


Operation Transformation, 9.35pm, RTÉ One



Staying on the fitness theme, Kathryn Thomas (above) continues to spur on the latest crew of leaders in this 14th season of the show that aims to start the new year slimmingly.


Returning to set the health and wellness plan for the current quintet are fitness coach Karl Henry, principal clinical psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy, dietitian Aoife Hearne and general practitioner Dr Sumi Dunne.


Neven's Irish Seafood Trails, 8.30pm, RTÉ One


This week, Neven Maguire travels along the stunning coastline of Mayo.


His first stop is in Newport where he joins scallop fisherman Ciaran Quinn for a fishing trip, sailing along the Newport River and out into Clew Bay.


Back on dry land Neven visits Westport, home to the award winning restaurant An Port Mór where chef/owner Frankie Mallon shares his recipe for Scallops with Braised Oxtail.


Bless This Mess, 9.00pm, FOX


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The likeable and entertaining, fish-out-of-water sitcom starring Dax Shepherd and show co-creator Lake Bell continues.


First up, Mike attempts to fit in with the Coffee Boys in order to get rid of his old nickname, while Rio finally gets Constance to open up to her and discovers that she likes Rudy.


Later, Rio has trouble adjusting to social and cultural differences between New York and Nebraska, while she and Mike persuade Rudy and Beau to step out of their comfort zones.


New or Returning Shows


Briarpatch, 9.00pm, Alibi


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Here’s an oddball drama from the creators of the great Mr Robot, based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name, which should appeal to the likes of Coen Brothers/David Lynch fans.


Rosario Dawson, Jay R Ferguson, Edi Gathegi, Brian Geraghty, Kim Dickens, Alan Cumming and the legendary Ed Asner all feature, with Dawson playing investigator Allegra Dill.


She returns to her border-town home in San Bonifacio, Texas, to search for her sister's killer, who died in a car bombing.


Episode two follows at 10pm, where a new suspect emerges in relation to Felicity Dill's death, Allegra meets Chief of Police Eve Raytek, and also Jake Spivey, who greets her with snow cones.


Finné, 9.30pm, TG4


Dr. Andrew Rynne was Ireland’s first vasectomy doctor, a pioneering contraceptive rights campaigner during the 1970s and 1980s and founder of Clane General Hospital in Kildare.


In 1979, when condoms were permitted to be sold to married couples only, he vowed to expose the absurdity of the law by issuing contraceptive prescriptions to non-married couples.


In this engaging documentary, Rynne recalls his battle against the prevailing hypocrisy of the time and also his bizarre encounter with a disgruntled patient who tried to shoot him.


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Abandoned Engineering, 8.00pm, Yesterday


Star Wars fans will lap this up, though it should appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of cinema.


This run of Abandoned Engineering - its seventh season - looks at legendary film sets with surprising pasts and real locations that inspired Hollywood. As the line goes: 'within these decaying structures are the echoes of history'.


Among the five locations featured here are the remains of Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tatooine in Tunisia, and a North Carolina ghost town.


Scéalta Grá na hÉireann, 8.30pm, TG4


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This new six-part series tells Ireland's greatest love stories. First up: the story of Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan. 


In Ireland's greatest and most tragic love story, Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan kept their love alive through the 300 letters they exchanged between 1919 and 1922.


These correspondence offer a stunning insight into a tragic love story that took place during a period of great violence, upheaval and change in Ireland.


New to Stream


Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, Netflix


Beneath the sunlit glamor of 1985 LA.lurks a relentless serial killer, a willing acolyte of evil.


Two detectives meticulously investigate a multitude of crime scenes that at first appear to be unrelated.


Top-notch police work and good old persistence will eventually connect these crimes and bring Richard Ramirez, one of the most notorious serial killers in American history, to justice.


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Ending Tonight


Death in Bollywood, 9.00pm, BBC Two


After two new enquiries conclude that Jiah Khan had died by suicide, the actress's family commission a legal case review from a British law firm, which finds there were faults with the police investigations from the night she died onwards and that vital evidence may have been missed.


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